In 1984, Congress created the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Crime Victims Fund, which provides funds to organizations, like MADD, for victim assistance and compensation programs that offer support and services to those affected by violent crimes. Because the Crime Victims Fund comes entirely from criminal fines and other penalties, spending from the Fund does not add to the national debt or deficit and does not hurt taxpayers.
MADD relies on VOCA funds to help serve drunk driving victims in many states. Last year, MADD served over 63,000 drunk and drugged driving victims at no charge—one person every eight minutes. Although we are proud that drunk driving has been cut in half in the 30 years since our founding, there are still over 10,000 people killed and 350,000 injured each year due to this violent crime. VOCA funding is critical to help us achieve our mission of serving victims of drunk driving.
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